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Conscientious parents who long to bring their children up as good Christians and good citizens face an uphill battle. In a culture of rampant narcissism and moral anarchy, righteous living isn't easy and it isn't popular. But positive cultural transformation happens quietly, one life at a time, and that is good news for parents.
In this hopeful book, world-renowned researcher George Barna and nationally respected counselor Jimmy Myers offer parents a plan of action to raise healthy, godly children in a morally bankrupt culture. If the parents of this generation want to see their children grow up with their faith and consciences intact, they cannot afford to simply react, making it up as they go along. They must approach their responsibilities to parent their children with intentionality and consistency. This eye-opening book helps them do just that.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Jimmy Myers was involved in youth ministry in the local church for more than twenty years before making the jump to psychotherapy. A licensed professional counselor, he speaks to youth and their parents at conferences and retreats across the country. In 2001, he founded the Timothy Center, a multi-campus Christian counseling practice located in Austin, Texas, that focuses on the needs and issues of adolescents and their families. He has authored, coauthored, and compiled several books and articles for youth and parents, and is assistant professor with the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. Jimmy and his wife, Beth, have three children and five grandchildren and live north of Austin, Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I started reading this book, I figured it would be full of instructions. I assumed the focus would be on kids. In some ways, it was. But more than focusing on the "how to's" of raising kids, Fearless Parenting focuses more on the parent themselves. Don't let fear rule your parenting. One of my biggest takeaways was that I cannot parenting out of fear. Proactively setting up boundaries and systems in your house allows you to parent without fear. When we only parent reactively, we aren't actually helping our kids. Barna and Myers assert that when we prioritize relationships, set boundaries around media for the WHOLE family, and take charge of our children's spiritual growth we are parenting in ways that will help our kids be faithful. Based on years of counseling experience and statistics, Barna and Myers will equip you in how to raise your kids with a different mindset than the one prevalent in culture today. This book is more than just a "how to" book. It's a guide to changing your thinking so that you can raise children who learn to love God more than the culture they live in. Fearless Parenting is a guide to letting go of the fear you may feel for your child as they are raised in a highly secular culture today. It's a reminder that we must live our lives differently in order to stand out. And a call to radical living that benefits not just our children, but the entire culture when we choose to go against the grain. I received a copy of this book from Baker Books. This review is my own, honest opinion.
George Barna and Jimmy Myers bring us this collaborative effort and in my opinion did a wonderful job speaking on some very hard/sensitive issues. Some that “Christian culture” for the most part has not grasped. The entire idea behind this book is summed up in its subtitle: “How to raise faithful kids in a secular culture.” The authors take a stand to present help and hope for parents when they feel like failures, when their kids ‘mess up’ or when all seems lost. The truth in this book will encourage and challenge parents (and children) to aim for a better way forward, not just status quo or the belief that “everyone else is doing it.” If you are interested in faith led parenting, I would encourage you to pick up this book. Honestly it’s not going to be much help if you are not Christian or want nothing to do with church. However there are some ideas within which will cause any parent to ask tough questions of themselves and of their children. The authors kept my attention throughout and delivered the content with engaging real life stories (names changed) as well as relevant stats and information where needed. As for tough issues, my favourite is the fact they dealt with parents being responsible for their child’s faith. As a pastor who spent over 10 years working with youth it is refreshing to see this advice. I have been on the receiving end of a few parents who declared it my job to insure their kids believed. **I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These are my personal thoughts.